INDIANAPOLIS—John Spilker, owner of JC Construction Company, and his wife, Carol, a retired teacher, were delighted they could clearly see the dancers of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company with their second row seats. ”We can see the facial expressions and everything, and that is great,” Mr. Spilker said.
Shen Yun gave two performances in Indianapolis at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.
Based in New York, Shen Yun was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving the almost lost 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Due to over 60 years of communist rule in China, the ancient Chinese culture was almost destroyed.
Mr. and Mrs. Spilker gained an appreciation for Chinese culture through the Shen Yun performance. “There is a lot of tradition,” Mr. Spilker said.
“I was thinking that too,” said Mrs. Spilker. “Seems like, so many cultures have their traditional dances. I was trying to think in America do we have traditional dances? I suppose we can think of folk dances, like the Irish have, and this is the Chinese.”
She said further: “It’s just different. It seems like they have so much. Their history goes back so far.”
The performance features a collection of story-based classical Chinese and ethnic or folk dance, and vocal performances, that capture the essence of traditional Chinese culture.
”I was thinking to myself that the Chinese language is so beautiful,” Mrs. Spilker said. “As your listening here in the lobby, you don’t know what they’re saying, but it’s beautiful to listen to.
Mr. Spilker was most impressed with the costumes, choreography, and action displayed by the dancers, as well as the digital stage backdrops that interacted with the dancers. “I like the costumes and the choreography. It’s well done” he said.
He enjoyed the action scenes of the male dancers in various dance performances and the special effects such as “with the water, how they’re coming out of the water, and into the water.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney.
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